MHS students, grads earn AP Scholar honors

Publish Date: 09/12/2022

Several current Marion High School students and members of the MHS Class of 2022 have been recognized by the College Board for their cumulative excellent performance on multiple Advanced Placement tests in the 2021-22 school year or earlier in their high school career.

This accomplishment is worthy of high praise in any school year, but it is particularly impressive during a time when the past few academic years have been drastically impacted by the pandemic. Several of the students who earned AP honors this year have done so for two or even three years in a row.

Every year, the College Board, which administers AP exams, awards students who have excelled on multiple exams. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Here’s a complete look at the most recent AP honors, reflecting scores on tests taken in spring 2022 or earlier in a student's high school career:

AP Scholars with Distinction

(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)

  • Jaden Sebastian, Class of 2022
  • Alexander Spitzer, Class of 2022
  • Marley White, Class of 2022

AP Scholars with Honor

(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)

  • Macy Summers, senior

AP Scholars

(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)

  • Mia de las Alas, Class of 2022
  • Jaron Hofmann, Class of 2022
  • Alexander Powell, senior

Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a study cited on the AP Program’s website, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios. (Learn more about the honors here.) 

Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, check out the enrollment section of our website.